Always Have Popsicles

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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Good morning, friends!

I hope your day is off to a better start than Murphy‘s. Poor pug. His life is so hard.

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I started my morning with a humongous batch of overnight oats. I used up the last bit of yogurt from one of those big containers and then just got carried away adding ingredients. And, of course, by morning they doubled in size! Obviously, I ate the entire portion, no problem, but my stomach was so full! Haha! In the mix: plain yogurt, rolled oats, fresh blueberries, sliced almonds, chia seeds, cinnamon, and almond milk.

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Over the weekend, I started flipping through a book called Always Have Popsicles: How to be the Best Grandparent and Really Enjoy Your Grandchildren that my mother-in-law received as a gift. It was an adorable book and filled with all kinds of advice as well as ideas and thoughts about how to have a great relationship with your grandchildren. It got me thinking about my own time as a kid with my grandparents, so here are some of my favorites from the book:

  • Feed the birds
  • Let them play in the rain in a bathing suit
  • Always have dessert
  • Teach them to set a proper table
  • Always let them lick the bowl or beaters when making something good
  • Buy anything they are selling to raise money for their church, school, soccer team, etc.
  • Save your old clothes and accessories for dress up
  • Take them to church
  • Give them money to put into the collection plate
  • Always have popsicles (At my Grammie’s house, it was JELL-O Pudding Pops. Those things were frickin’ delicious!!)

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Speaking of my grandparents, they were on the cover of my hometown newspaper last week! How adorable are they?! This photo is from 1951.

Question of the Day

What are some of your favorite grandparent memories?

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  1. *Feed the birds bird food… not people food (sorry, environmentalist in me)

    My favorite memories involve movie nights with popcorn, playing Disney board games, Mickey Mouse pancakes in the morning, and getting a dollar from my Bumpa to pick up the newspaper for him 🙂

  2. Aw, that picture is so sweet! That’s so nice that they featured them.

    One of my favorite memories is being up at our lake house in NH with only my grandparents, so we knew there would be plenty of ice cream, late nights outside by the fire, and a possible trip to Funspot!

  3. Riding the bus to the library, story hour, Old Maid and UNO, walks, flea markets, working in the veggie garden, working antique booths and listening to hours of their stories growing up. I loved listening to those and wish I could remember them all! Life was so simple (in a good way) then.

    P.S. How’s Murphy doing with the no-furniture rule? 😉 We have one dog who has to lay on his doggy bed (he is old and can’t hold his bladder), but the 1-year old knows how to work it. First, no furniture. Then it was well, she had a bath… which morphed to how about every other day. Now it’s whenever we sit down! At least she asks permission and doesn’t jump up unless we ask her to. But still 🙂

    1. We’ve never had a no-furniture rule with him. We like cuddling with him too much! But his bed and blanket are helping with the amount of fur I vacuume up! 😄

  4. My favorite memory was is of my goofy grandpa. I made a blackberry stand with my friend (we went blackberry picking and then tried to sell baggies of them on the street corner) and my grandpa dressed up in a black trench coat, sunglasses, and fedora, and snuck across the front yard so it looked like he was coming from a different direction to be our first “customer.” And, of course, he also ordered in an accent to try to conceal his identity. I still remember giggling at his white sneakers under his black trench coat. I also remember long walks in the park with my grandma in Vancouver and eating huckleberries right off the bush 🙂

  5. I need to get that book for my parents and in-laws! My grandparents are huge card players, and many hours of playing cribbage and hand-and-foot were happily spent at their cabin by the lake!

  6. OK, my grandma is the BEST EVER. My favorite memory… well, when I was a toddler, she had what I *thought* was a saucepan just my size. I used to pretend to make her soup in it. I’m 28 now… only about 6 months ago, I was at her house and she said she had a present for me and handed me an old stainless steel measuring cup. I said what is this? She said your saucepan! I couldn’t believe it! It was a MEASURING CUP! LOL

  7. My Grammy would take my sister and me on a long weekend trip every summer. Staying in the hotel and being with her were the best! Loved this post.

  8. Tina, my gram always had pudding pops too!! My mom never bought them, but I could always count on gram to have them. Love your blog and I’m so excited for you!

  9. What a cute book! I liked the selections you had I can remember doing almost all of them with my grandparents. I remember my grandma would always make me whatever I wanted for lunch when I spent the summers with her. I totally went through phases, one summer all I wanted was BLTs and another it was spaghettios. My grandpa and I used to build things, I still have a wooden model of a Duesenberg that we made.
    You’re so lucky to still have your grandparents around.

  10. Grammy was baking with Sean and asked him if he would like to lick the spoon/bowl, he said no thanks Grammy it has raw eggs in it. Cracked Grammy up.
    I think she licked it:)

  11. I think I will always remember Sunday dinner at my grandparents. After dinner my sisters and brothers and I would raid her box of turtles. Tina, I can see the resemblance between you and your grandma from the 1951 photo. Very nice.

  12. I would add: always be present at your grandkids’ ballet recitals, soccer games, graduations from pre-school, etc. (if you live in the area). My grandmother was present at EVERYTHING. Even the smallest of events. It was so special to me.

    My grandmother was a housemother in a dormitory, and when we were little we used to run around the dorm, making friends with all the high school girls, eating sliced granny smith apples and peanut butter. 🙂

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